By providing strong financial and operational leadership, the Office of Finance and Administration maintains all of the services necessary to provide efficient and effective business operations for a nationally recognized metropolitan research university and to meet the demands of our students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, the offices, units and departments that fall under the purview of this office work as part of the University’s mission and to power the goals and objectives of the University of the 21st Century plan.

The interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and the Vice President of Operations / Chief Operating Officer along with the Interim Associate Vice President for Human Resources, work together with the interim Associate Vice President for Audit and Institutional Compliance, interim Chief Technology Officer, University Controller, and interim Director of Public Safety regarding all university day-to-day operations.

Interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Susan Howarth

Again serving as the Interim CFO for UofL, Susan Howarth brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Office for Finance and Administration. In her previous appointment as the Vice Provost and Chief Budget Officer for the University, Susan was responsible for the preparation and oversight of the University’s General Fund, Foundation, Research, Plant, and Athletic budgets.

In the CFO role, Howarth has direct oversight of the University’s Lead Fiscal Officers, the Office of Budget and Planning and the Finance/Controller’s office. She is additionally responsible for the financial management that provides support for our strategic plan, including long-term financial planning, financial reporting and transparency.

Susan has a Bachelors in Finance from the University of Louisville and a Masters in Finance from Northern Illinois University.

Vice President of Operations / Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Joseph K. Han, APPA Fellow, CLEE

We welcome Dr. Joseph K. Han as the Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer for the University of Louisville. Previously, he served as vice president of operations/COO with Central Washington University; associate vice president for administration and operations / commissioned & sworn executive director of public safety for Cleveland State University; and associate vice president responsible for facilities services and public safety for Idaho State University.

Dr. Han's academic credentials include a Doctor of Education in higher education administration, Master of organizational leadership, Master of business administration, undergraduate degrees in physiology and biochemistry, and a professional degree in facilities management. He has served as faculty with three universities teaching business communications, educational leadership, and management and leadership courses.


Our various offices provide responsive and effective management of the professional budgeting, payroll, financial management, and accounting services in support of the University’s mission and its broad array of academic and support programs.

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We review and evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of current systems of internal controls established by the university and its affiliated corporations. Our offices provide independent and objective compliance assurance in order to improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes.

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We provide support for the University’s top asset – our employees. Our services allow campus administrators recruit, retain, recognize, and reward top quality faculty and staff. Look to us for information on employment and compensation, salary and benefits administration, employee relations and compliance, and our health and wellness programs.

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